Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer People by the Numbers

An essential handbook of myth-busting facts and figures about the real lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people

A fully revised and expanded edition of the book hailed by gay-rights pioneer Harry Hay as “truly astonishing . . . a captivating compendium.”

Twenty years ago it was impossible to imagine the president of the United States embracing same-sex marriage or Bruce Jenner transitioning to Caitlyn Jenner, an open transgender woman.

LGBTQ Stats chronicles the ongoing LGBTQ revolution, providing the critical statistics, and draws upon and synthesizes newly collected data. Deschamps and Singer—whose previous books and films on LGBTQ topics have won numerous awards and found audiences worldwide—provide chapters on family and marriage, workplace discrimination, education, youth, criminal justice, and immigration, as well as evolving policies and laws affecting LGBTQ communities. A chapter on LGBTQ life around the globe contrasts the dramatic progress for LGBTQ people in the United States with violent backlash in countries such as Russia, Iran, and Nigeria, which have discriminatory laws that make same-sex activity punishable by prison or death.

A lively, accessible, and eye-opening snapshot, LGBTQ Stats offers an invaluable resource for activists, journalists, lawmakers, and general readers who want the facts and figures on LGBTQ lives in the twenty-first century.


“If you want to settle arguments, start conversations, or learn about LGBTQ history and life, this book is a great place to start. It’s the most comprehensive portrait of LGBTQ life around.”
—M.V. Lee Badgett, economist and author of The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World
“A crucial portrait of where we are on the road to equality and acceptance.”
—Steven Petrow, "Civilities" columnist at the Washington Post and former president of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists
“For everyone committed to social justice in my home state of North Carolina and in every other state in the nation, this meticulously researched book is essential reading. It’s a riveting chronicle that illuminates where we’ve been, where we are today, and most importantly where we need to go in the ongoing movement for LGBTQ equality.”
—Mandy Carter, co-founder of the National Black Justice Coalition, co-founder of Southerners on New Ground, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee

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